For weeks, core volunteers have been staffing and organizing phone banking events, signing up volunteers for the Obama campaign's massive voter registration rallies in 110 cities across the country.
Says one volunteer organizer: "These volunteer lists were built with months and months worth of campaign events, visibility events, marches and social gatherings leading into super Tuesday. Every single event included a determined effort to sign up new supporters, and press those supporters to signal an interest in volunteering. I've heard casual mention that the nyc team alone has something like 15,000 potential volunteers names and contact information."
Here's an e-mail from another organizer:
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From: Faina XXX
Date: Thu, May 8, 2008 at 3:52 PM
Subject: Details on staffing the May 10th event
To: Faina XXX
Thank you for volunteering to help out with the Vote for Change rally, your experience is critical in ensuring that this event goes smoothly.
Before I can get into details about the actual program, I want to ask if any of you are available to help with setup on Friday, May 9th at 3pm. We will be putting together packets for volunteers, and making signs. Because we are expecting a turnout of about 800 - 1,000 people, we will need to have enough packets ready for each volunteer. If you are not available tomorrow, it's totally fine, although any help that you can give is greatly appreciated.
As for the day of the event, we are asking that staffers get to the church at around 10:30 - 11:00. We will be needing people to direct the lines that will be forming outside of the church, there will most likely be two lines. The church is wheelchair accessible, so we will be needing volunteers to direct traffic through the wheelchair accessible entrance. There will also be sign in tables, where volunteers will be receiving their packets.
We will also need ushers to direct people to their seats, and then to their staging location captains, after the training.
I will continue to update you all on the program, as the details come in. In the meantime, please let me know if you are available to help out on Friday.
Obama for America
How sophisticated is Barack Obama's voter database and contact mining? Testimony from reader TDE:
"I donated a small amount and supplied my work contact information below before the California primary. A few days later, I get a message on my home answering machine – not the numbers below and _not_ a listed number – thanking me for my support and inviting me to an event “at a neighbor’s house” two blocks from my house (miles away from the information I supplied below). I was not contacted at my work address. So they took my name from the donation and then located my unlisted home phone number and unprovided home address and put it in their database so they could contact me for a neighborhood meet up. "